BBC Proms
3 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 25 Prom 25: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Prom 25

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19:30 Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
  • Cello Concerto in B minor Cello Concerto in B minor Also known as: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104 (38 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • Béla Bartók 1881–1945
  • Duke Bluebeard's Castle Duke Bluebeard's Castle Also known as: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz 48, Op 11 (61 mins)

The gothic horror story of Duke Bluebeard prompted some of the most imaginative, descriptive and shocking music Bartók would write. With its huge orchestra, underpinned in this concert performance by the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ, Bartók’s score speaks of the darkness of Bluebeard’s vast castle and the cold-blooded murder of his six wives.

Under Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conjures up Bartók’s unsettling realm after Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, which the composer believed ‘outstrips the other two concertos of mine’.

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